The records of a juvenile court in a truancy case are confidential and not available for public inspection and copying, with the limited exceptions listed in RCW 13.50.010 and 13.50.100.
In the enforcement of the state compulsory school attendance law as amended by chapter 201, Laws of 1979, 1st Ex. Sess., a juvenile court has only the limited jurisdiction (by virtue of § 2 of that act) to impose the non-criminal monetary penalty provided for in RCW 28A.27.100 as amended by § 6 of chapter 201, supra; however, assuming that this fine or penalty has been invoked in a given case and the juvenile in question fails to pay it, that juvenile may then be declared to be in contempt of court, whereupon the court will then have jurisdiction to deal with the child as a "juvenile offender" under the provisions of chapter 13.40 RCW.
(1) The supreme court's adoption of the new juvenile court rules does constitute a "nondebatable" emergency so as to justify the expenditure of those county funds which are necessary to implement, and comply with, the rules, under authority of RCW 36.40.180. (2) The duties which are imposed upon a prosecuting attorney by the new juvenile court rules are such as to render his office and that of the county juvenile probation officer incompatible, to the end that the two positions may not simultaneously be held by the same person.
1. The Legislature created a citizen review board system that functions in an advisory capacity to the juvenile courts, the Department of Social and Health Services, and the Legislature. The records of each board are the property of the board. The records must be retained for at least six years unless adequate copies or reproductions are preserved or the board demonstrates to the local records committee that retention of such records for six years is unnecessary and uneconomical. 2. The records are confidential and may only be disclosed when specifically authorized under the statutes protecting the records of juvenile justice or care agencies found in chapter 13.50 RCW. 3. The board need not prepare a transcript of its review, so long as a verbatim record is maintained.
A court order approving alternative residential placement issued pursuant to RCW 13.32A.170 or 13.32A.180 necessarily constitutes a judicial determination that continuation of the child in the home would be "contrary to the welfare of the child" or that removal of the child from the home would be "in the best interests of the child." Such court orders necessarily require removal of the child from the home. Removal of a child from the home pursuant to a court order for shelter care under RCW 13.34.060 necessarily entails a judicial determination that such removal is "in the best interests of the child" or, conversely, that continuation of the child in the home would be "contrary to the welfare of the child." A court order entered in accordance with RCW 13.34.060(6) necessarily requires removal of the child from the home. Removal of a child from the home pursuant to a court order entered under RCW 13.34.130 necessarily entails a judicial determination that such removal is "in the best interests of the child" or that continuation of the child in the home is "contrary to the welfare of the child." A court order for out-of-home placement entered in accordance with RCW 13.34.130 necessarily requires removal of the child from the home.